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    RF Quarterly, June 2021: Artificial intelligence in global regulatory practice

    Welcome to the summer issue of RF Quarterly in which international experts from the UK, EU, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and the US have come together to examine and dissect the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare and its impact on global regulatory practice.   Advances in AI technologies are transforming healthcare delivery and hold promise for improving patient outcomes. However, these complex technologies have introduced new challenges, especially aroun...
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    Artificial intelligence: Characteristics, regulatory compliance, and legislation

    This article provides an introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), its characteristics, and how those characteristics affect regulatory compliance. It also examines efforts to regulate the ethical aspects of AI in the EU, future legislative initiatives that may affect AI in medical devices, and the crucial role standards play in supporting legislation.*   Introduction Although different people may understand artificial intelligence (AI) differently, it has been...
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    Modernizing medical devices regulation for AI and ML: GHWP efforts

    The recent progress of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies has had a pivotal impact on the healthcare system. Medical device manufacturers use these technologies to develop new and innovative products for better health outcomes. However, these technologies have introduced new challenges to the medical field. There is a need to have a novel medical device regulatory framework that addresses these challenges. This article addresses the impact of AI on the medical devic...
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    Regulatory update for SaMD and AI product approvals in China

    This article outlines the status of regulation for software as medical device (SaMD) in China, with particular focus on medical software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The market approval pathways are reviewed, and key sticking points discussed. Recent regulatory updates in this fast-moving area are presented, together with various product approval examples.   China’s medical software regulatory framework The term “medical device” is defined widely ...
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    Enabling the digital transformation of industry: The roles of AI, big data, analytics, and related data ecosystem

    This article outlines the work of SC 42, the technical subcommittee for artificial intelligence (AI) of the ISO/IEC’s joint technical committee 1, which aims to accelerate adoption of the standards while simultaneously addressing emerging issues to enable successful digitalization of sectors.   Introduction and overview The digital transformation of industry promises to revolutionize how we live, work, and play, unlocking the vast potential of new use cases and ap...
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    Synthetic data and the innovation, assessment, and regulation of AI medical devices

    Synthetic data are artificial data that mimic the properties of and relationships in real data. They show promise for facilitating data access, validation, and benchmarking, addressing missing data and under-sampling, sample boosting, and the creation of control arms in clinical trials. The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is using its current research into the development of high-fidelity synthetic data to develop its regulatory position on ar...
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    CDER regulatory science division touts 2020 accomplishments

    In its 2020 annual report, the division of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tasked with addressing emerging regulatory issues and developing new tools and approaches for regulatory reviews said it was able to expand its efforts despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting most of the year.   “2020 was a challenging year. In addition to adjusting to new work environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic that involved 100% teleworking for some staff and laboratory wo...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    Evolution of the regulatory intelligence profession

    Regulatory intelligence has gained significant importance with increasingly global considerations for product development, clinical trials, and submissions to ensure market access in key regions. The regulatory intelligence profession, tasked with providing strategic input to ensure regulatory compliance, has evolved to fulfill the additional needs of various departments within the company and by senior leadership by strategically analyzing relevant regulations and product...
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    The regulatory profession by the numbers: RAPS’ 2020 compensation and scope of practice survey

    The RAPS 2020 Global Compensation & Scope of Practice Report for the Regulatory Profession presents an analysis of nearly 2,000 responses from regulatory professionals from around the world who participated in an online survey in April 2020. The following article reviews the main findings from the 2020 report, focusing on regulatory professionals’ levels of education and certification, experience, the most common regulatory functions performed, and career and job motivatio...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    Communication of regulatory intelligence: A survey of the medical device industry

    Regulatory intelligence activities are complicated by the push for stronger product sales in emerging markets, where medical device regulations can change rapidly or be confusing and even contradictory. Understanding how, when, and with whom to communicate the new or changing regulatory information within a medical device company affects global market strategy and product success. The research reported here examined how medical device companies structure their regulatory i...